Carve up the calories!

Did you know the average person consumes 3000 -4500 calories on thanksgiving day? Do you end up feeling more stuffed that the turkey you just ate? You can still enjoy the festivities without sabotaging all your hard work and fitness goals!! Now, why all this looks good on paper, being reasonable when confronted with a smorgasbord of all your favorite indulgences flies out the window. So, when common sense has left along with your willpower, make a decision. Decide that you are not going to go off your plan and healthy eating habits for overindulgence in one day. Once you’ve decided, commit to it. Just like your workout program and your healthy eating; stay committed. You can also enlist the help of a friend or loved one to help you stay accountable! So, what do you decide to do? Here are a few ideas:  First, don’t starve yourself through the day just so you can ‘make room’ for the meal. This will just lead you to binge eating. Have a small healthy breakfast and lunch. Exercise!! Why not get out and take a walk or a run!  This will stave off those cravings and boost that metabolism! And STAY hydrated!! Drinking water can help you avoid drinking those soda’s (really bad for you) while making you feel more satisfied so you won’t tend to over eat. It has NO calories and regulates digestion!  Besides oxygen, water is the most important nutrient for attaining optimum health. Create small portions. Have a bit of everything, after all, it is a celebration, but your goal is to avoid overeating. Have a small bit of everything you love and nothing of what you don’t!  Go for a walk after dinner. No one says you need to get those sneakers and hit the pavement and run for an hour, but going for a leisurely stroll after diner is a great way to burn off some of those extra calories. It will also bring back some of that energy that was used while your body was working on digesting that meal!

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